On Tuesday evening, a group of Native Americans were at the site where Tuesday storms toppled the statue of Chief Black Hawk at Watch Tower Plaza, Rock Island.
The Native Americans set up a tipi in the area of the 3900 block of 11th Street, Rock Island, where the statue has stood for many years. The group told our Local 4 News crew they want to protect the iconic statue from vandalism.
Earlier, Blackhawk Bank & Trust had asked for the statue to be donated, but the bank withdrew its request for it, Rock Island Mayor Mike Thoms told Local 4 News on Tuesday night.
The Rock Island City Council will vote Monday whether to make the statue a surplus asset, Thoms said.